Here’s everything you need to know about paramedic training in WV, as well as taking the NREMT and becoming state certified.
Paramedic Training in West Virginia
Below, please click on a school to get admissions information on their programs:
- Blue Ridge Community and Technical College – Martinsburg, WV
- New River Community and Technical College – Beckley, WV
Paramedic School Requirements in West Virginia
·You will need to be 18 years old. You will also need to be a high school graduate or have your GED.
· You will need to have your EMT certification. If, for example, you apply to Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, you will need to supply a current EMT-Basic card from either the National Registry, West Virginia, Maryland, or Virginia.
· You will also need to have proper CPR certification.
· Immunizations are certainly required (due to clinical rotations). You’ll likely need to go through a criminal background check and/or drug screening, too. Written references may be required as well.
· You will want to make sure that whichever paramedic training program in WV you select is an accredited program.
Where can I find an accredited paramedic training program in West Virginia?
Make sure you visit the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) to find an accredited paramedic training program. This is important, because as of January 1, 2013, all students will need to complete paramedic education at an accredited school in order to take the paramedic NREMT exam.
Do I need EMT experience to apply?
Typically, you don’t need EMT experience to enroll in a paramedic program, but it’s often encouraged by program directors because students with prior paid or volunteer experience can sometimes excel faster than those without it.
How long will it take me to become a paramedic?
This really depends on the college and training program you select. Typically, a paramedic program can take anywhere from 6 months to two years to complete.
How much will a paramedic training program cost?
All paramedic courses are a bit different and vary college to college. But, typically, you can expect to pay anywhere between $1,000 and $10,000 for a quality and thorough paramedic training course.
TAKING THE PARAMEDIC NREMT EXAM
After you successfully complete the required paramedic training course, you will want to pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (www.nremt.org) exam. This is both a computer adaptive test (cognitive examination) as well as a skills test (psychomotor examination).
The cognitive examination will cover the entire spectrum of EMS care. This includes Airway, Ventilation, Oxygenation, Trauma, Cardiology, Medical, and EMS Operations. The maximum amount of time you will be given to pass this portion of the exam is 2 hours and 30 minutes.
The psychomotor examination consists of 12 separate skills laid out in a scenario-type format to approximate the abilities of the EMT-Paramedic to function in the out-of-hospital setting. Those taking the test are actually allowed to bring their own equipment to the exam provided it is approved for testing by the National Registry Representative in attendance at the examination.
The psychomotor exam portion of the paramedic NREMT exam will test your knowledge and competency in each of the following skills: Patient Assessment-Trauma, Ventilatory Management, Cardiac Management Skills, IV and Medication Skills, Oral Station, Pediatric Skills, and Random Basic Skills.
PRACTICING AS A PARAMEDIC
In West Virginia, to properly qualify for certification as an EMT-P, you’ll need to meet the following requirements, as detailed on the West Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services website:
· Successfully completed an approved EMT-P training course following the DOT National Standard Curriculum.
· Successfully complete both the written and practical examination with a score of 70% or higher.
· Possess current WV certification as an EMT-B.
· Possess a current CPR card.
· Be affiliated with a West Virginia Licensed EMS Agency.
· Apply for certification using the Interactive EMS Certification Application. After completing payment online, you will be presented with a fingerprint voucher. Take this voucher to an authorized background check provider and complete the background check process.
· Submit copies of current drivers license and CPR card to the Office of EMS.
How much money does a paramedic make annually?
An average paramedic salary, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2011, is about $34,030 per year.
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